• Funding of over €56 million is being allocated for national roads in Co Mayo for 2020.

    This includes an allocation of €40 million for the new N5 Westport to Turlough road.

    Transport Infrastructure Ireland's budget for 2020 allocated €55.3 million for improvement of roads in Mayo and a further €1.3 million for road maintenance.

    It also includes an allocation of €2.5 million for the long-awaited new Cloongullane Bridge on the N26 near Foxford, and €100,000 for the Charlestown bypass.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring told Midwest News about the national roads allocation in Mayo for next year.

  • Approval has been given today by Cabinet for the construction of the N5 Westport to Turlough Road.
    Speaking to Midwest News this lunchtime the Minister for Community and Rural Development Michael Ring said the proposed road development, which will cost €241 million to construct, involves the construction of 20km of dual carriageway from Westport to Turlough and a 2.5 km single carriageway link to the N59 Westport to Mulranny national secondary road.
    He says it’s the single largest Government investment in the history of Mayo and it will have a transformative effect on the county. Work is due to begin later this year.
    The Minister explained that the new N5 will link up with the N59 which is currently undergoing a €55 million improvement scheme from Westport to Mulranny.

  • Gardaí are at the scene of a two vehicle collision on the N5 between Ballyvary and Castlebar.

    The incident occurred at Turlough near the turnoff for Horkan's Garden centre.

    It is not known at this point if there are any injuries from the collision.

    Gardaí and emergency services are at the scene but the road remains open to traffic.

  • Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has today announced that the N5 Westport to Turlough Road road project is to go to e-Tender for the procurement of a main contractor.

    Mayo County Council will be working with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in progressing the scheme.  The total cost of the investment in this project is approximately €170m which includes land, construction and all other costs.

    Minister Ring says it is one of the most significant investments in the West of Ireland in a generation. It is a signal of intent for the Atlantic corridor and it will help to drive the development of the county.

    The N5 out of Westport into Castlebar and onto Turlough is an exceptionally busy road, with huge volumes of traffic travelling on it, on a daily basis.

    The project has been mooted for up to four decades now, and today’s announcement is expected to see a contractor on site by this time next year.

    Speaking to Midwest News today Minister Ring said it’s very welcome news for the county.

  • A new exhibition of cherished objects from members of the public has opened today at the National Museum of Country Life at Turlough, Castlebar.

    The exhibition arises out of the RTE television programme “National Treasures”, where John Creedon and a team of curators travel the country, assessing a mix of objects put forward by the public as “national treasures”.

    The final episode in the 4-part series will be aired this Sunday evening at 6.30 on RTE One television.

    Thousands of people across the country have brought forward their treasured objects, and about 70 of these have been selected for the final exhibition, which reflect various chapters, themes and moments from Ireland’s social history over the past century.


    The exhibition will be on display at the National Museum of Country Life in Turlough until the end of August.




    Belmullet is experiencing severe flooding today as Storm Callum continues.

    The orange weather alert has been extended to 5pm this evening for counties Mayo, Galway, Sligo, Donegal and Clare.

    Gardai in Belmullet say a number of roads in the Erris region which were impassable earlier have now fully reopened.

    Extensive flooding occurred again at Carraholly, Westport, at the bridge in high tide this morning.

    Local councillor Christy Hyland told Midwest News that the community of Carrowholly are living in fear, and for five years now Mayo county council and the OPW are still "discussing" solutions.

    The high tide caused some damage at Dooagh, Achill early this morning and telephone services on the island were affected.

    There is widespread disruption to electricity supply across the county today as a result of the storm.

    Trees came down in various locations right across the region throughout last night and this morning.

    The emergency services , gardai and Mayo County Council have been busy clearing the roads.

    A tree on the rail line delayed the Ballina to Manulla train for about 15 mins earlier this morning.






  • A section of the greenway that links Castlebar to Turlough is subsiding into the Castlebar river at present, but Mayo County Council Tourism Officer Anna O’Connor says work will get underway on restoring the path this week.

    Severe winter weather, with high water levels in the river impact on the greenway, and the local authority will use a bio engineering product “willow” to repair the damage.

    Mayo has 80 km in total of greenway, the largest 42 km section runs from Westport to Achill, there is also a greenway in Ballina, and another in the county town.

    Funding of 100,000 euro is allocated annually in Mayo county Council’s budget for Greenway Maintenance. This figure was described as inadequate by Achill based Fianna Fail councillor Paul McNamara at a recent Special policy committee on tourism.

    He says if the county is serious about being an international tourist location more funding needs to be invested in facilities and maintenance along our greenways.

    Ann O’Connor says the plan is to expand the greenways in the county. She says it generally takes 200km of a cycle route to attract international cyclists.

    Speaking to Midwest News today she said  that in addition to the funding for maintenance of the greenways, there is also a Green Patrol that assist in keeping the routes in good condition.